5 Ways to Make the Most of Your ‘Summer One World’ Ticket

Summer One World Disney Tickets

We’re not saying goodbye to summer just yet! With the Summer One World Ticket, you can savor the final days of the season with a trip to Walt Disney World Resort.

Available until August 23, each Summer One World Ticket includes 6-park admission tickets – one admission to each of the four Walt Disney World theme parks and each of the two water parks.

For our Florida residents, you can still enjoy the Get Your Ears On Ticket; a trio of 4-day ticket deals for a special price to experience all four theme parks.

Summer 2019 at Disney continues to be a terrific destination for the whole family. Let’s spotlight five ways to make the most of your Summer One World savings:

  • During your visit to the Magic Kingdom, don’t miss Meet Mickey & Minnie at Town Square Theater. Greet the dressed-up duo during their special Surprise Celebration event before it ends on September 30.
  • Celebrate with the Incredibles at Pixar Place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There’s a dance party with music, interactive games and special appearances by Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone, now through September 30.
  • Experience the ultimate glow party at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon for H2O Glow Nights. Make waves with Rex, the Dinosaur of Ceremonies, and his Toy Story pals!The party features special lighting and entertainment, access to all of the park’s attractions, a DJ dance party and more during select nights until August 24.
  • After a dazzling 20-year run, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot takes its final bow on September 30. At World Showcase Lagoon, watch Earth’s fiery birth portrayed through dramatic eruptions of fireworks, towering 60-foot flames and an epic display of dazzling, state-of-the-art, energy-efficient lasers!
  • Don’t miss Rivers of Light: We Are One at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a celebration of nature featuring special effects and a thrilling musical score. The show delights with stunning imagery and familiar animal characters from Disneynature films, along with a colorful tapestry of classic moments from Disney animation.

There’s still time to snap up a Summer One World Ticket. It’s an excellent option to see all that is classic and new at Walt Disney World with this 6-park admission ticket – 4 THEME PARKS. 2 WATER PARKS. 1 WORLD.

By Jeff Hyatt

Joe Perry on Aerosmith’s ‘Deuces Are Wild’ Las Vegas Residency, His Iconic Guitar and A Possible Broadway Show

Joe Perry and his famous Bladerunner guitar (Photo: Zach Whitford)

Joe Perry is the lead guitarist and co-founder of Aerosmith. The legendary band has been performing for nearly five decades. The group, which also features Steven Tyler (vocals), Perry (lead guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) and Joey Kramer (drums), has sold 150 million albums worldwide. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and won four Grammys. A few months ago, Aerosmith kicked off their 35-date MGM Las Vegas residency, Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild at the Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort. In August, the show travels east for a special edition East Coast run at MGM National Harbor in Maryland, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. The show was inspired by the Cirque du Soleil show, The Beatles LOVE. The immersive show has state-of-the art audio and video technology, along with never-before-seen visuals and audio from the Aerosmith archives.

With all the shows about the evolution of great bands like Jersey Boys and Ain’t Too Proud, do you envision a Broadway show about Aerosmith? You have been together for so many decades and must have so many great stories.
Joe Perry: I’d like to think so. We have been approached at the level of, “Would you want to do it?” We haven’t even gotten to the level of how it would come out, the creative part. My manager has said there has been some rumblings about it. But we have been so involved with this show. We started almost a year ago with the design and then, as it progressed, it got more and more intense. But it’s certainly something we’d like we would like to entertain when we get a little time.

What inspired you to create the Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild tour?
JP: It is something very different than we have ever done before. The offer to play in Las Vegas was a hovering weight over our shoulders for the last bunch of years. We thought, “Well, let’s give it a try.” We had played in Las Vegas many times at 12,000-seat arenas, but they were one-night gigs. Another stop on the road. But to actually build a show, like a Broadway or Las Vegas show, we wanted it to be something a step above.

On the music side, the only thing that comes close is The Beatles’ LOVE by Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas. We were really inspired by that. In fact, we got the music director for that show (Giles Martin), who worked with George Harrison to do some of the sound design for our show. We found the best people we could for every aspect of the show. Whether it was the lights, sound, mechanics – all the moving parts. I believe there are around 10,000 pounds of metal hanging above our heads. They first started welding four or five months ago. The people who do the video for the computer graphics for Game of Thrones designed some of the visuals.

Your Guild X-100 Bladerunner guitar, which you used in the “Walk This Way” video with Run-DMC, is currently on view in the “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
JP: I got it when we were working on songs for our album Permanent Vacation. It was not the kind of guitar that I would normally have in my collection. I collect a lot of Italian-made guitars from the 1950s and 1960s. I am fascinated how people try to change guitar shapes, rather than have the standard West Coast thing, which evolved from The Spanish Guitar.

The distributor at Guild Guitars came by with this bizarre guitar called the Bladerunner. The guitar had an amazing, striking look. Everything from the shape to the holes in was just cool. It was just so obtuse and different, I had to grab it. I wouldn’t let the guy leave unless he gave it to me, which he did. It is an amazing example of somebody’s wild idea of a different way to make a guitar. It is remarkably comfortable to play, and sounds really good for a certain type of playing.

How do you get ready to go on stage?
JP
: When I wake up, it’s kind of a countdown to the show when I have to walk out there. We usually do a meet-and-greet or an interview. Then I like to spend the last hour or so playing my guitar, getting into that space. I just have to play and get my fingers warmed up. Also, my wife, Billie, greatly factors into my routine. I ask her what shirt I should wear. I don’t know what will work. She sees what I look like in the lights, and what I’m going to move in better. So I divide my time between that and playing my guitar. Usually, I’m pretty psyched up by the time I walk on stage.

By Jeryl Brunner

Score Big on These Top 10 Back to School Deals

Back to School Deals up to 50% off at TicketsatWork.com

With a handful of summer days left on the calendar, it’s time to look ahead to the start of a new school year. To help celebrate the commencement of another year of school fun, TicketsatWork.com is featuring sensational Back to School Deals – save over 50%!

Find everything from museum passes and educational tours to exciting digital adventures. Here’s an A+ list of 10 deals to get your back to school adventure started.

Audiobooks.com
An engaging blend of books and technology, audio books really are quite cool; listen at work, at the gym or on weekend road trips. With an Audiobooks.com free trial, you’ll get two books free. Choose from over 125,000 titles! Free 30-day trial + listen monthly for $12.95/mo

Rosetta Stone
In the spirit of learning something new, Rosetta Stone changes the way the world learns languages, providing interactive solutions that are acclaimed for the power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone. Brand new features include interactive games, stories and live coaching sessions with native speakers in 24 languages. Save 50%

Urban Adventure Quest
Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.  Choose from one of 11 cities featured on TickestatWork (Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Portland, NYC, Boston, Denver, San Diego and San Francisco). Save over 35%

Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC
Engage a full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting American art and its collection — arguably the finest holdings of twentieth-century American art in the world — is the Museum’s key resource. Save over 10%

The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco
Find animation, innovation and inspiration in the life story of Walt Disney. The museum features contemporary, interactive galleries with state-of-the-art exhibits narrated in Walt’s own voice alongside early drawings, cartoons, films, music, a spectacular model of Disneyland and more. Don’t miss current exhibit, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World, which chronicles Mickey’s influence on art and entertainment over nine decades. Save over 10%

Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral
Having just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, now is a great time to visit Kennedy Space Center, which delivers an engaging and educational full-day experience of the space program. Visit NASA’s launch complex, the astronaut hall of fame or maybe even see a rocket launch. Save over 30%

Monuments at Night in Washington, DC
If you’re in the nation’s capital, why not see Washington D.C. in a whole new light! Hop aboard an open-air electric vehicle for an enlightening journey through the most iconic monuments and memorials by night. Take in the Washington Monument, Lincoln, FDR and Jefferson Memorials, plus many more. Save 30%

Las Vegas Museum Tour
Enjoy a day away from the casinos for a dose of history and culture during your Vegas vacation. On this tour, you will visit three of the best museums Las Vegas has to offer! This seven-hour tour includes lunch at the historic downtown Fremont Street. Save $11

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa
The 250,000 sq-ft aquarium is home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals. Wetlands Trail, Journey to Madagascar, Bays and Beaches and Coral Reef are just a few of the amazing exhibits to explore. Don’t miss the new exhibit, Moon Bay, the fourth of its kind in North America. The stars of this touch experience are moon jellies — they’ve swum our blue planet’s oceans for more than 500 million years! Save 40%

Thrive Market
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By Jeff Hyatt

 

Meet The Tony Winners: Ali Stroker of ‘Oklahoma!’

Actress Ali Stroker, who plays Ado Annie in the Tony-winning revival of Oklahoma!, recently became the first person who uses a wheelchair to win a Tony Award. She also made history as the first performer in a wheelchair to perform on a Broadway stage. In her powerful Tony acceptance speech, she said, “This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena. You are.” This pared-down and powerful production is now playing at Circle in the Square Theatre. The Oklahoma! cast also features Rebecca Naomi Jones,  Damon Daunno, Mary Testa, Will Brill, James Davis, Mitch Tebo, Mallory Portnoy, Anthony Cason, Will Mann and Gabrielle Hamilton.

How much of this award goes to your parents and other people who supported your dream?
Ali Stroker: This award definitely has a lot to do with my parents. Also, unfortunately, the music cut off the end of my speech. I was thanking my partner, David, who has stuck by me for so many years. He has believed in me in every single part of my career. He reminds me every day to let my light shine. I really want to make sure that that is known. Because I could not do this without my partner.

What is the next step to making Broadway theater more accessible?
AS: The theaters, where all the audience comes in, is all made accessible to patrons. But the stage is not. And so I would ask owners and producers to really look into how they can begin to make the backstage accessible so that performers with disabilities can get around.

You’ve been breaking down barriers for years. How do you feel being an inspiration to so many?
AS: It’s cool because with social media, you are able to connect with a lot of people. I just heard from a lot of young aspiring performers, actors, singers and musicians who have disabilities. They say how exciting it is to see someone in a chair on Broadway and on television and working. And how that really motivates and inspires them to keep going. It makes me feel amazing to be able to be that for them. I did not have that as an 11-year-old girl pursuing this dream.

Your dancing in the show is so fantastic. Can you talk about working with the choreographer?
AS: I got to collaborate with our choreographer and director very closely. Because the reality is that I know my vocabulary, as far as movement goes, the best. We talked a lot about what could work throughout the show. Especially because this character in this role has relationships with two different guys. How are we going to physicalize all of that? The first part of that process is trust – to have these conversations with them about the way that I move. We discovered the way in which we can portray this women’s sexuality and physicality. It all had to be done in a safe way. They had never worked with someone in a chair. So it has been really, really fun to find that with them.

By Jeryl Brunner